Ah, good old Bobby Valentine, possibly the biggest lightning rod the Mets ever had as manager, this side of Art Howe. OK, so I’m kidding about Art Howe.
But seriously, Bobby V. was a helluva dude. For all his foibles and follies — and for the love of god, there were many dispicable traits and questionable decisions made by the man — he was quite possibly the biggest character the Mets had as manager since the days of Casey Stengel. I mean, I hated the guy, but he was entertaining to say the least; he got in the face of umpires, kicked dirt, argued, handled the press in the worst way possible, pissed off his players… you know, a true New York manager of a bygone era.
Any New York Mets fan over the age of 10 will remember the day in June 1999 where he did pretty much all of the above. Ejected in the 12th inning for arguing with the home plate umpire, Bobby V went down to the clubhouse and re-emerged minutes later donning a clubouse t-shirt, cap, and fake mustache and glasses. Umpires quickly caught on to his sham act, and he was summarily booted (again), fined $5,000 and suspended for 2 games. “I did it to lighten up the team,” he said.
Lighten it up you did, Bobby V. Davey W., won’t you do the same? Though fake, that’s a great lookin’ stache, and we know Mr. Wright’s — if only he’d grow one — would lead the team to the championship that eluded Bobby V. for so many years.
And now you better know a Metstache.